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PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to report an initial experience with the endovascular repair of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. Complications and intermediate-term morphologic changes were identified with the intent of altering patient selection and device design. METHODS Endografts were placed into 25 patients at high-risk for conventional(More)
BACKGROUND A major problem in clinical lung transplantation is the shortage of donor lungs. Only about 20% of donor lungs are accepted for transplantation. A method to evaluate and recondition lungs ex vivo has been tested on donor lungs that have been rejected for transplantation. METHODS The donor lungs were reconditioned ex vivo in an extracorporeal(More)
BACKGROUND Device failure is a limitation of permanent mechanical circulatory support. We studied the mechanical reliability of the Jarvik 2000 Heart, an axial flow pump with ceramic bearings designed to provide more than 10 years' durability. METHODS The Jarvik 2000 Heart was implanted in 102 patients between April 2000 and December 2004. Eighty-three(More)
OBJECTIVE The validity of the Ross operation as freestanding root replacement in adult patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease has lately been questioned. We have analyzed retrospectively our results in 23 adult patients (19 males) operated for bicuspid aortic valve disease ad modum "Ross" employing a freestanding root replacement technique. DESIGN In(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to study changes in morphology and stent-graft configuration of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms after endovascular repair. METHODS Twenty-three patients treated with custom-made stent-grafts were studied. The stent-graft consisted of continuous, stainless-steel Z stents mounted within a polyester graft. In the last 11 cases the(More)
Red blood cell deformability is essential for a normal microcirculation. The effect of extracorporeal circulation on red cell deformability was evaluated with a filtration technique in 25 patients undergoing open-heart surgery. During extracorporeal circulation there was a significant decrease in deformability, by on average 31% (p less than 0.001). No(More)
Nine patients who underwent heart transplantation (one female; average age 48 ± 11, range 19–58 years) were followed in respect to contents of right-sided heart septum, blood and plasma ubiquinone (UQ), plasma α-tocopherol (αT), and plasma free cholesterol (FC). In contrast to healthy persons, substantial inter- and intraindividual variations were observed;(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the experience of a single centre using stent-grafts for treatment of complicated acute aortic type B-dissections (EVR-ABD). DESIGN Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from patients undergoing EVR-ABD between January 1997 and December 2004. METHODS EVR-ABD was performed in 31 patients (20 males, median age 74(More)
Three patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome were treated with veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO, using a heparin-coated system for 8, 12 and 34 days, respectively. Despite extracorporeal blood flow of 4-5 l/min, the patients were ventilator-dependent in the initial period of ECMO. Two of the three patients showed bleeding(More)